So, remember when I said that Rob Ford was told to sashay away. Well, I may have jumped the gun a bit . . .
. . . Goddammit.
It turns out, in order to tie up a few loose strings, Ford’s been granted a stay on his ousting and will remain in office at least until Jan 7, 2013, when an appeal hearing will be held.
“They voted for me to get the city back on financial footing, which we’ve done, we’ve got a lot of work to do, and I’m going to continue doing it to the best of my ability, and I can’t wait until January 7.”
Ford’s triumph may be fleeting. To win the appeal, his lawyer, Alan Lenczner, has to convince a three-judge Divisional Court panel that Hackland made a legal error. That will be difficult, said John Mascarin, a municipal lawyer not involved in the case.
“It’s a question of did the judge make errors in law. They don’t go back and rehear everything. I think Ford’s going to be up tough against this. I don’t see him being able to overturn the decision,” said Mascarin, of the firm Aird and Berlis. [SOURCE]
I’m sure there are some people out there who think Ford will be reinstated, due to the fact that the amount he took for his football program was pretty miniscule, but that’s not really the point here. The reason this bit Ford so hard in the ass is because he voted on his own ethics hearing, which is a huge conflict of interest, and then openly admitted in court that he had no idea what his job entailed, nor did he have any intention of understanding it. This isn’t about a few thousand dollars he raised using government letterhead; this is a matter of a mayor openly celebrating his own ignorance. That’s going to be hard to explain away in court.